First, Gwyneth Paltrow, in her weekly how-to-have-a-beautiful-life newsletter Goop (I know. It's like Gwyneth meets Martha. Sometimes silly and over-the-top and way too un-self-aware, and sometimes totally in line with the things I love and feel strongly about. Like Gjelina.), features Treat Street, an awesome neighborhood bake sale that crops up in various corners of Silver Lake to stuff our faces with delicious sweets and good vibes. One of the girls behind Treat Street is Crystal Meers, the editor of DailyCandy LA. Crystal has supported our own No Cookie Left Behind bake sale as long as we've had it -- featuring it in DailyCandy and baking giant piles of cookies for us. Miss Gwyneth is smitten with Crystal and her TNT cookies, and frankly, I can't blame her.
No Cookie Left Behind was nominated for an award! Well, technically, I was nominated for one of Share Our Strength's community leader awards -- but seriously it's about the bake sale. This was so completely unexpected and wonderful, but I'm thrilled that people are recognizing what an amazing thing we created with our bake sale. Guys, did you know that of over 7600 Great American Bake Sales that were held this year, No Cookie Left Behind was number nine in funds raised?! So proud. I'm off to Washington DC tonight for Share Our Strength's Conference of Leaders. I can't imagine the bake sale inspiration that awaits me!
And finally, EAT MY BLOG. A handful of LA bloggers are hosting yet another bake sale, this time to benefit our own Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. This one will take place on Saturday, December 5, 10am - 4pm, at Zeke's Smokehouse in West Hollywood. It's "an opportunity for the blogging community to give back to those in need,” and you know I like that. Get all the deets at gastronomyblog!